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Strong Pitching Effort Not Enough for Baseball in Series Finale With No. 9 Vanderbilt

UT Martin

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Despite holding Vanderbilt scoreless over the final seven innings and out-hitting the Commodores by a 6-4 count, University of Missouri baseball fell to the ninth-ranked team in the country, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at Hawkins Field.

Vanderbilt (23-6, 6-3 SEC) made a three-run, first-inning rally stand, riding a third consecutive shutdown pitching effort to its 14th straight home victory — and a Southeastern Conference series sweep of the Tigers (10-18, 1-8 SEC).

Carter Holton (4-0) struck out eight hitters and held the Tigers to a single run on five hits over 7.0 innings, before Brennan Seiber and Miller Green combined to finish off the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.

Mizzou benefited from a strong mound effort from starting pitcher Javyn Pimental (1-1), who allowed just two hits over his 4.0 innings, and the duo of Bryce Mayer and Ryan Magdic, who blanked the Commodores on two hits over the final four innings.

After the Tigers limited Vanderbilt’s offense to a total of seven runs over the first two games of the series, the Commodores wasted little time in kicking their lineup into gear in the finale. Davis Diaz’s two-out, bases-loaded double chased home three early runs for the home club, which took advantage of two walks and a hit batsman to generate the first-inning rally.

Holton followed the lead of previous Vanderbilt starting pitchers in the series, cruising through the first three frames, striking…

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